Lorenzo draws level with Rossi

Published: 16 August 2015

Jorge Lorenzo has drawn level with Valentino Rossi at the top of the MotoGP world championship after a trademark win at Brno.

With five wins to Rossi's three it means that technically Lorenzo leads the series and it's the first time since the season opener of the 2013 season that he's led the title chase. After utterly dominating the Czech Grand Prix he has overturned the deficit to Valentino Rossi who could only finish third behind Marc Marquez.

Andrea Iannone was the leading Ducati in fourth but Andrea Dovizioso and Dani Pedrosa had a stunning battle behind him for fifth. Pedrosa, riding with a badly damaged left foot, had a significant pace advantage but it was only on the penultimate lap that he edged in front however Dovizioso barged straight back past. They traded places three times on the final lap with Pedrosa eventually holding sway.

Bradley Smith was seventh with Scott Redding claiming four points in another disappointing day down in 12th.

Cal Crutchlow and Eugene Laverty both crashed out and now face an anxious wait to see what deals they can seal for 2016.

The next round of the MotoGP championship sees Silverstone play host to the British Grand Prix with Rossi keen to get back in front and stop the bleeding that has seen Lorenzo close a 25-point gap from earlier in the season. Don't miss the 24-page Brit GP guide in next week's MCN (August 26 issue).

Rossi may have been caught but there are still seven races to go and The Doctor is not done yet!